DeAndre Hopkins finished with nearly 100 receiving yards on Monday night, 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward definitely didn’t come away too impressed with him or his antics during that contest following San Francisco’s 38-10 blowout win over Arizona in Mexico City.
During a radio interview with KNBR, Ward made it clear that he believes that Hopkins is no longer one of the best receivers in the NFL.
“D-Hop, he think he a tough guy. He think he still one of the best receivers in the league and he really not,” Ward said. “He was trying to talk noise and talk hard all game. We not scared of him. He thought we was scared of him. He tried to intimidate us, but forget him, we did our thing. We went out there and got a dub and we did our job.”
Ward also added that Hopkins spent most of the game trying to talk trash about the 49ers defense.
“He was just yip-yapping all game, but we don’t care about that. We just wanted to win,” Ward said.
On Wednesday, Hopkins would take to Twitter and respond back to Ward by bringing up his fan base having his back when somebody speaks on him.
“I got NBA Youngboy fans when you speak on me. Love all serve all this way”
The Cardinals receiver caught nine passes for 91 yards in the game, but the 49ers basically shut him down in the second half. In the final two quarters, Hopkins caught just two passes for 14 yards. After things got frustrating for him, Ward said the receiver got desperate and started to play dirty.
“He was getting locked up,” Ward said. “He was doing some dirty things. He tried to clip me, he grabbed me by the throat. He grabbed my facemask on one play, so I don’t respect his game. That’s steroid boy.”
Ward’s insult was alluding to the fact that Hopkins was suspended six games this year for violating the NFL’s PED policy.
Ward will get to see Hopkins again in Week 18 when the 49ers host the Cardinals in their regular-season finale. The 49ers are trending toward making the postseason, while the Cardinals are not. It’s not a lock that either player will even be playing in that contest.